The premise is templative. The first Final Destination (not to be confused with the latest film entitled The Final Destination), set the standard for a grouping of random people scheduled to die horribly gruesome deaths in a sequential order. The trick is not only to remember the order of those who will die, but to somehow prevent not just one death, but every fatality. The second in the quadrilogy, Final Destination 2, is the best film in the series. A young boy at a dentist’s office has a fish fall into his mouth and chokes to death, "randomly" of course. Another main character wins the poor man’s lottery for $500,000 and is impaled by a ladder two seconds after it appeared he had successfully averted death. Taken individually with no knowledge of its forbearer(s), each one of these movies can seem suspenseful. Pardon the redundancy, but in watching this allegedly final Final Destination movie I cannot help but to ponder I have seen this somewhere before (in the theater and on DVD lol).
The Final Destination begins at a formula one racing stadium, (shameless Nascar promotion) which is just small enough and unsafe enough for one car crash to cause harm to the audience. Every wrench thrown, nail falling, car crash, escalator meat grinder, fiery explosion and evisceration scene happens in 3D. This is by far the most gruesome 3D movie I have yet watched but it reminded me not so much of the coolness and novelty of 3D itself, but more so of the difference between standard and HDTV. The difference is obvious but the product, in this case a film, is unchanged.
A young man living with his girlfriend (both are seemingly unemployed and never engage in any kind of sexual activity) are with their best friends at the formula one event. He experiences a premonition and begs his friends to leave the stadium. The four of them and the security guard escape. It is up to him to decipher the premonition in order to save his friends and sexy strawberry blond girlfriend. One by one the survivors of the car abomination are killed and in dramatic fashion. This movie is called The "Final" Destination for a reason, every loose end is tied.
This movie is really a C+ with an abrupt but necessary ending. The franchise had to end somewhere. It does justice to the series but without the 3D effects I would have slumbered throughout. The dialogue is dreadful, the acting is barely that, and the death scenes need more fake blood. In a weekend that offers Rob Zombie’s idiot of a wife (Sherry Moon LOL Zombie) in Halloween 2 a la meat grinding serial murderer and Taking Woodstock, go watch FD4 and put on those stupid looking 3D glasses. They are worth every penny.
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